If you want to build a ship
don't herd people together to collect wood
and don't assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the
endless immensity of the sea.
"Antoine de Saint Exupery"
For many wine producers around the globe, 2017 was a year they were glad to see the back of. To say it was a challenging vintage is an understatement, from the Californian wildfires to frost and heatwaves gripping most of Europe.
Champagne, it is often said, celebrates the art of blending.
In the cellars of the best of the big houses, the chef de cave (the head of the winemaking team) selects from dozens of still wines, taken from different grapes grown in vastly different vineyards from many different vintage.
Scientific analysis of 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia offers the world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making, dating the tradition almost 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers said Monday.